General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Dye production
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Cooked greens
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Pot Marigold
  • English Marigold
  • Ruddles
  • Scotch Marigold
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Calendula officinalis
  • Synonym: Calendula officinalis var. prolifera

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  • Posted by dave (Grapevine, Texas - Zone 8a) on Jan 17, 2014 10:30 AM concerning plant:
    Considered by most to be an annual, this is really a very short lived herbaceous tender perennial. It is easily grown in nearly any environment and loves full sun locations. It's a valuable food source for many butterflies.

    Best of all, pot marigolds are edible! The florets are wonderful in salads and as a side to brighten up any dish.
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Aug 28, 2015 10:10 AM concerning plant:
    This jolly plant will reseed itself freely. I let it pop up wherever it likes (within reason) for a bright splash of color throughout the summer. Both the flowers and leaves may be infused or decocted and used as an antiseptic. The flowers may be added to a vinegar hair rinse, and may also be used as a dye plant.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 8:58 PM concerning plant:
    Calendula officinalis is a larval host plant for the Painted Lady Butterfly.

    As a companion plant, it also reportedly helps to repel tomato hookworm, asparagus beetle, and some nematodes.

  • Posted by Aamie (Romania) on Mar 30, 2022 2:16 AM concerning plant:
    Did you know that if the flowers of calendula are not open until 8 am, on that specific day it will rain? Calendulas were used in the past to predict weather changes because they can feel the atmospheric pressure switch.
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